Hyfen / HCWD Studio

Exploring new possibilities of human behaviors through object & space design.

Hyfen is a design collection of home goods, furniture, lighting and accessories, created and curated by HCWD Studio and collaborated designers worldwide, focusing on bridging human sense, physics, material and geometry, looking into the essence of routine subjects, extracting the critical elements from others, and linking them together to create strange-familiar new objects that recompose how we interact with environment and daily life.

Hsin-Chun Wang & Ye Liu, founders of Hyfen, are based in New York City. They are one of the 50 Young Professionals of Red Dot 2016, 2016 Best Designers/Best Design Studio from International Furniture Fair Singapore and the nominees of German Design Awards 2016. Their studio practices in art, furniture, lighting and space design. Their works strike to rediscover the using experience of daily object, and redefine the relationship between human scale, space and landscape. They work at the intersection of functionality and sensibility, dedicate to integrate elegant form with sense. They refine details and follow the nature of material with challenging ideas to create design with meanings and to provide solution for improving.

Three key words: minimal, elegant, intuitive


Team Leaders

Ye Liu

Founder and Creative Director of HCWD Studio. She received a B.A. Degree from Tongji University and a M.ARCH degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. During the career in China, Ye worked for Ai Weiwei from 2005 to 2007 and then joined Arata Isozaki Associates as an architect. After that, she became the senior project designer at Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects and took the lead of several development projects at East Nanjing Road in Shanghai. After came to US and graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art, she went to RTKL Washington DC Office and Tsao & McKown Architects in New York. She worked and participated in architectural and interior projects from the US, Brazil, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Ye’s exhibition design project, when she was at Tsao & McKown, Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial was on view at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in 2016. She was invited as guest critic at many universities and also teaches at University of the Arts as Lecturer of Master’s Product Design.

HsinChun Wang

Born and raised in Taiwan, HsinChun Wang enjoys experiencing different lives and cultures, favorites in contemporary art and logical thinking. After received B.S. degree in Industrial Design in National Cheng Kung University, he worked for DID Institute as industrial designer in Taipei from 2002 to 2005, then came to US for further studying in art and design at Cranbrook Academy of Art. From 2010, he worked as senior industrial designer for Zeikos Inc., at the same time started his own practice in design and had his works selected to exhibit in Frankfurt, Taipei, Michigan, New York, and Shanghai, in 2014, he co-founded HCWD Studio. He also teaches at University of the Arts as Program Director of Master’s Product Design.


Exhibitions & Events

2019 Design Pier, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2019 Wanted Design Launch Pad, New York, NY, USA

2019 Note Series at OnTimeShow, Shanghai Fashion Week, Shanghai, China

2019 Design Shanghai, Shanghai, China

2018 Collectible Design at Pun Project, Hong Kong, China

2018 “Stay With Me” 100 Chair Show at Fuxing Park, Shanghai, China

2018 “Art, Design & Life” at 0+23 Space, Shanghai, China

2018 Contemporary Hall, Design Shanghai, China

2017 “Craftsmanship and Tradition” at Crossing Collective Gallery, NY, USA

2017 ICFF New York, USA

2017 “Hello New Yorker” TV interview with Sinovision Chinese Channel, NY, USA

2016 ICFF New York, USA

2016  “Hyphenated Design” speech hosted by SingaPlural, Singapore

2016 Design Stars, IFFS, Singapore

2016 “Fusion Power”, Art & Design, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China

2015 “We Talk” TV interview with SinoVision English Channel, New York, USA

2015 “Design in North America” TV interview with Hainan Travel Channel, New York, USA

2015 “New York Conference Room” TV Interview with SinoVision Chinese Channel, New York, USA

2015 “I WANT THAT” TV program introduction of Brick Lamp with Fog Edge Media, Maryland, USA

2015 “Greenhouse” at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

2014 “Design of Designers” at China International Furniture Fair, Shanghai, China

2014 ICFF New York, USA

2012 Panel Talk Series at “10+1 Talents” in Tendence, Frankfurt, Germany

2012 Invited exhibition “10+1 Talents” in Tendence, Frankfurt, Germany

2011-2012 Invited Exhibition “50 Manners” at Dian Shin/Design Refreshment, Taiwan

2010 “Out of The Woods” at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

2010 Selected “Talents” in Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany

2010 “Solar Panel”, Selected Piece in Chair Show 2010,  Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA

2009 Innate Gestures at ICFF, New York, USA


Achievements & Awards


2017 “Best Design of 2017 Golden Pin Design Awards”, Taiwan

2017 “ Short-listed“ of DIA, Design Intelligence Award, China

2016 “Best Designer/Best Design Studio Award” of IFFS, Singapore

2016 “The 50 Young Professionals” of Red Dot Awards, Germany

2015 “Excellent Product Design” Nominee at German Design Awards, Germany

2014 “Best Furnishing Design” of Gold Idea Design Awards, CNFA, Shanghai, China



Press & Media


2018 Issue 5, Interior Design China

2018 Issue 4, LOHAS Magazine, Shanghai, China

2017 Issue 12, RUM Magazine, Denmark

2017 Issue 10, Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid

2017 Issue 3, Interior Design Spring Market Tabloid

2017 Issue 2 & 3, Modern Decoration Magazine, Shenzhen, China

2017 Issue 2, US China Press, New York, USA

2017 Daguan Weekly

2016 PRODUCT MINIMALISM– SendPoints Publishing

2016 ] Issue 6, Mondo Magazine, India

2015 Issue 6, LOHAS Magazine, Shanghai, China

2015 Issue 4, ICON Magazine, London, UK

2015 Issue 3, The Bund Magazine, Shanghai

2014 Issue 12, Crossover Design Magazine

2012 10+1 Talents, Germany

2011  WISH for the future, Taiwan

2010 Issue 61 MONITOR, Europe

2010 Issue 5, PACE Interior Beauté magazine, Hong Kong

2010 Feb issue, Neue Welle, H.O.M.E. Magazine, Germany